49ers depth-chart battle: Storylines to watch
The 49ers made sure there were plenty of players to look at for the running back position. This is typically the case for most teams in the offseason. With OTAs, minicamps, and training camp coming up, the Niners will get a good look at all the players going for a roster spot.
This is where the depth chart will be shuffled around.
While a lot of later-round picks have a good chance to make the roster, it’s going to be tough, especially at running back, to snag a spot on the 53-man roster.
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Trey Sermon was the first running back drafted this high by this particular 49ers organization. Previously, the Niners would normally find undrafted running backs or free agents looking for a fresh start. Kyle Shanahan must see that Sermon can bring a special dynamic to his offense other running backs can not.
Another big thing for this group, and why the team has a lot of players at this position, is an injury risk. It is no secret San Francisco had an enormous amount of injuries last season. The team is going to make sure it is in the best possible position to succeed. That is why the team will probably keep Jeff Wilson Jr. or a JaMycal Hasty in case Raheem Mostert goes down with a significant injury so it doesn’t have to throw out the rookies right away.